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MetiNews.Com - Hello and welcome to the Evening Standard's LIVE coverage of the 2020 British Grand Prix at Silverstone. Lewis Hamilton recovered from a spin in qualifying to storm home and take pole position for today's race. The six-time world champion clinched his seventh pole at Silverstone ahead of Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas, breaking the lap record twice in a dramatic qualifying
Breaking News ! Hello and welcome to the Evening Standard's LIVE coverage of the 2020 British Grand Prix at Silverstone. Lewis Hamilton recovered from a spin in qualifying to storm home and take pole position for today's race. The six-time world champion clinched his seventh pole at Silverstone ahead of Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas, breaking the lap record twice in a dramatic qualifying session on Sunday. It is Hamilton's 91st career pole, extending his lead as F1's best qualifier, as he chases a seventh victory at his home grand prix. Joe Krishnan is on hand to bring you all the action with the race starting at 2:10pm BST... Lap 2 | Safety car deployed Live Updates New updates availableRefresh 2020-08-02T13:30:19.620Z Lap 8Hamilton has put a 1.3 second buffer between himself and Bottas as DRS is activated once again.Verstappen is hanging in there in third but Leclerc is already four seconds adrift of the Dutchman. That Ferrari is struggling for race pace, with Vettel still 10th. 2020-08-02T13:27:57.573Z Lap 7Ocon makes a move up the inside of Stroll but hasn't got enough traction to complete the job and the Racing Point stays eighth.Albon has pitted for a potential one-stop now. The stewards are looking at the Red Bull man for that collision with Magnussen. 2020-08-02T13:25:22.183Z Lap 5SAFETY CAR ENDINGThe 18 cars left on the grid will be preparing to go racing once again when the green light shows and Hamilton has caught them napping as the safety car goes into the pits. Advertisement 2020-08-02T13:22:59.216Z Norris had a fine start off the line but we've just seen why he's now down in seventh after the 20-year-old locked up heading into Luffield. Sainz and Ricciardo passed him as the McLaren driver struggled for grip on the medium tyre. 2020-08-02T13:22:03.163Z Lap 4Here's what the order looks like behind the safety car...1 Hamilton2 Bottas3 Verstappen4 Leclerc5 Sainz +26 Ricciardo +27 Norris -28 Stroll -29 Ocon10 Vettel 2020-08-02T13:16:53.696Z Lap 2SAFETY CARMagnussen has gone off into the gravel after being caught by Albon on the final corner and the Dane goes bouncing off the track, losing a wheel in the process.The safety car is out as they look to clear the stricken Haas from the track. Advertisement 2020-08-02T13:15:53.010Z Lap 1Hamilton stays in front of Bottas at the first corner and Leclerc is right on the tail of Verstappen for third place.But Sainz has made a fine start and he's challenging for the podium places now. Ricciardo has leapfrogged Stroll into sixth place after the Racing Point had a slow start. 2020-08-02T13:14:31.583Z LIGHTS OUT!And we're underway in the British Grand Prix! Photo: Getty 2020-08-02T13:13:48.696Z Formation lapThe cars are heading off around the 3.5km circuit to get those tyres warm and a feel for the conditions ahead of the race start. Advertisement 2020-08-02T13:06:19.796Z FIVE MINUTES TO LIGHTS OUTIt's nearly time for the race, folks. Back in April, it didn't look like we would have a British Grand Prix at all in the 2020 season. Now we've got two races at Silverstone back-to-back.Lewis Hamilton is aiming for a seventh win at Silverstone while Lando Norris and George Russell will be hoping to produce a favourable result at their home grand prix. 2020-08-02T13:03:58.213Z Hulkenberg OUT of raceWhat a huge shame for Nico Hulkenberg.The Racing Point mechanics will not be able to fix the problem in time for him to start the race after the engine failed to start.Having been drafted in at the last moment and not putting a foot wrong, the German is denied his 179th race start. 2020-08-02T12:58:20.010Z The pre-race traditions are underway as a Spitfire plane flies over the circuit to pay tribute to NHS and key workers for their work during the pandemic.We're going to hear the national anthem shortly too before the drivers send out their anti-racism message. Photo: Getty Advertisement 2020-08-02T12:54:45.000Z Lewis Hamilton speaks to Sky F1:"It's nowhere near the same [without the fans], but it feels great to start pole on home grand prix and it would be great to win it too."My guys are working as hard as they can to perfect the operation and pit stop. They're the best, they've done it many times but never stop training." 2020-08-02T12:50:06.620Z Hulkenberg issuesNico Hulkenberg is having some issues in the pit lane before his return to F1 and that's a huge shame after his respectable display in qualifying.
THE GRIDWe're 30 minutes away from the formation lap, so let's look at how the cars will line up going into today's British Grand Prix...1 Hamilton (Mercedes) 2 Bottas (Mercedes)3 Verstappen (Red Bull) 4 Leclerc (Ferrari)5 Norris (McLaren) 6 Stroll (Racing Point)7 Sainz (McLaren) 8 Ricciardo (Renault)9 Ocon (Renault) 10 Vettel (Ferrari) 11 Gasly (AlphaTauri) 12 Albon (Red Bull)13 Hulkenberg (Racing Point) 14 Magnussen (Haas) 15 Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo) 16 Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo)17 Grosjean (Haas) 18 Latifi (Williams)19 Kvyat (AlphaTauri)* 20 Russell (Williams)** Russell and Kvyat handed five-place grid penalties.
Brawn: Anti-racism message 'more focused' at SilverstoneFormula 1 managing director Ross Brawn has vowed to present a more 'focused' anti-racism message at Silverstone amid criticism from Lewis Hamilton. Photo: ReutersThe world champion questioned why the drivers were rushed in their attempts to show unity against racism before the Hungarian Grand Prix, but Brawn told Standard Sport there will be more a coherent approach this weekend.“It wasn’t what Formula One wanted to present," he said."It was rushed and it didn’t look great and it poorly reflected on Formula One and we need to fix it because that’s not the message that exists within Formula One. So, at Silverstone you’ll see a much more focused message.”Asked if it is important that Sunday sees all drivers kneel as one with Hamilton, Brawn said: “I don’t think it is. In a way it shows diversity. What’s important is the drivers’ commitment to the message.“One could fairly say that persecuting someone for not taking the knee is the kind of message we’re trying to get rid of. It’s the attitude we want to remove, so I don’t think that’s significant.”
Formula 1 are throwing it back to the first-ever British Grand Prix 70 years ago with the design of retro-style trophies for the drivers that finish on the podium today.A classy look if you ask us!
Here's the full list of timings from qualifying... Photo: F1
Hulkenberg on his return to F1Nico Hulkenberg felt he couldn't have got more out of the Racing Point after replacing Sergio Perez at the last minute.“I feel there was more potential and I didn’t get everything from the table, but given the circumstances it’s also very hard,” said Hulkenberg, who only found out on Thursday he would be racing this weekend in place of Perez.“I don’t know if you can expect to get 100% from the car in those circumstances. It was small margins.“These cars are beasts. They have so much downforce, I’ve never felt so much speed in the corners here, so much speed. It’s pretty impressive. But also tough.”
Vettel: No way but up for Ferrari Sebastian Vettel believes things can only get better for Ferrari after another disappointing qualifying session.While Charles Leclerc managed a respectable fourth on the grid, Vettel will start 10th having finished last in the Q3 shootout, saying he struggled to find his consistency with the car. Photo: Getty"I had a lot of trouble finding the rhythm...I am relatively confident that tomorrow will be better," Vettel told Channel Four television."How much, I don't know. I can't promise anything, but it can't get much worse."He added to Sky F1: "Obviously now the races come very quick. So that can be a pain but can also be a blessing."The first (race) weekend was trouble, the second weekend didn't really happen. The third weekend was sort of the first smooth weekend, and now we're in trouble again."So it's been a bit of a rough start, but you know, there's not much choice."
Sky Sports subscribers can watch full coverage of qualifying today from 12.30pm (BST) on the Sky Sports F1 channel, with qualifying scheduled to begin at 2pm.
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Those who do not have a Sky Sports subscription can still watch qualifying as it is being screened on free-to-air TV on Channel 4, with coverage also including Sunday's race.
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